Every student I know (almost everyone!) I know wants to gain admission to a ranked university in the US. Students with high GMAT or GRE scores and students with low GMAT or GRE scores – everyone (really!) wants to get admission to a "good" university or a "ranked" university – preferably in the Top 50, most students say to me. One of the reasons these universities and colleges are ranked among the best in the world is because they are HIGHLY selective. If you have low test scores, the chances of you getting admission to a highly ranked university is pretty slim. In fact, even if you have high test scores, there is no guarantee that you will get admission into a top ranked university. In some cases, the rejection rate is 75% or higher. In other words, only 1 out of every 4 applicants may get in!
This does not mean the end of the world. This does not mean that universities that are not on the "ranked" list are bad or that you won't get a good education if you attend a university that is "non-ranked." Some very fine universities and colleges do not appear on the ranked list for reasons that have nothing to do with quality. While ranked universities are renowned for their quality, the opposite is not true. In other words, simply because a university does not appear on the ranked list, does not mean it is a bad university.
Advice: Aim high but be realistic. Otherwise, you will set yourself up for disappointment
Many students are excited about the prospect of studying abroad. "I
want to study somewhere else in the world other than my home country!"
is commonly heard around the world. Today there are many interesting
study abroad destinations – US, UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore – to
name a few. While several countries offer great programs at great
universities, the US continues to attract record numbers (yes, I am
So what makes the US the most favored destination in the world:
- US colleges and universities offer hundreds and hundreds of
programs in every imaginable subject and even in those fields that you
never imagined existed! If you are looking variety, look no further.
- The US has a range of universities from the very best in the world
to average ones and some even below par. Select the right university
for the right reasons.
- US education is recognized world over.
- US education encourages creative thinking and problem-solving (not
in all cases, but in many cases!) Case studies, class presentations,
group projects, research papers, and essay exams all test the abilities
of the learner in different ways and caters to different learners as
- If you want to pursue higher studies, it is easy to move from
undergraduate to graduate to post-graduate in the US. There are many
gates that open readily for the student who wants to continue to study.
- You will meet people from all over the world! Guaranteed!
- A meaningful degree from a good university will lead to a good
job. You have to compete with the best, but if you are good, you will
land in a good place.
- Most faculty genuinely care about international students and will
work closely with them. They are bright, dedicated, and creative (not
all faculty, but most are!0
I am sure there are other good reasons as well including making
lots of friends, being free to do what you like, and achieving great
Dr. Uma G.Gupta is CEO of USAsiaEdu (http://www.USAsiaEdu.com), a New
York company that helps international students with study abroad
For many international students, studying in the US is a life-long
dream. A great education, great career prospects, and a great nation
that values freedom and diversity is an exciting landing place for any
student! Unfortunately the process of selecting the right university
for the right reasons is not an easy choice for many international
students. They are overwhelmed with questions:
- What should I study?
- How do I find the right university?
- What kind of a job will I get once I graduate?
- What is the time line for applying?
- Will I get admission?
- Will I get a scholarship?
- What tests should I take?
- What scores should I make on these tests?
- What should my essay say about me?
These and many other questions make it difficult, very difficult, for international students to take the next step forward.
there are many websites, combined, they tend to confuse the student
more than offer clear counsel. What should a student do? Where should a
student begin to learn about this process? When is it a good time to
start researching your university and your career? These and other
similar questions will be addressed in this blog.
In the meantime, if you have any questions you can write to me at exec@USAsiaEdu.com
Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the CEO of USAsiaEdu, a New York company, that helps international students interested in studying in the US.